How The Entrepreneur Capital Act Could Impact Startups

Law360, New York (January 20, 2012, 2:42 PM ET) -- There has been a lot of talk recently about a phenomenon called crowdfunding, a new type of fundraising that relies on social media and the Internet to raise small amounts of capital from large numbers of individuals. Despite the talk, crowdfunding remains impermissible under the securities laws absent a costly registration with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and with state securities administrators.

Last year, two people created a website, a Facebook page and a Twitter account to solicit funds to be used to purchase Pabst...
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